Physical activity is paramount for our physical health but most importantly our mental health. As a result of a recent COVID-19 outbreak in NSW, it is forcing people into their homes. We may find that our regular physical activity reduces, which may result in physical and mental decline. COVID-19 has affected our lives in numerous ways and because of this more mental health problems are arising. Luckily exercise can help with this.
When we exercise it assist with alleviating symptoms of a variety of mental health conditions. This can be attributed to an increase in the level of brain serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in regulating mood and sleep. Exercise is equally as effective as antidepressant medication to treat mild to moderate depression.
With exercise being regarded as an essential activity by the Australian government and World Health Organisations, this should highlight the importance of being physically active. When individuals become inactive within a week, levels of depression can increase. Therefore, keeping active whilst in isolation is crucial to protect our mental health over the short term and long term. The good news is you don’t have to work up a sweat or exercise for long to get the mental health benefits from exercise. Exercise at any intensity can help with stress, anxiety, and depression even as little as an hour a week can be highly effective in managing your mental health. Now, more than ever, it’s important to keep moving and something is better than nothing. If you need an extra helping hand to exercise due to a chronic health condition, get in contact with Medicine in Motion to get assistance from an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Telehealth services are available as well.